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- 2 pounds 93% lean ground beef
- ⅔ cup cooked quinoa
- ½ diced onion
- ⅓ cup tomato paste
- ¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley
- 3 tbsp. minced garlic
- ½ tbsp. sea salt
- ½ tbsp. black pepper
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- In a large bowl mix all ingredients except olive oil. In large baking sheet brush with oil. Form 1½oz size balls with hands and place on baking sheet. Pre-heat oven to 375˚F degrees and bake for 25-30 minutes.
You guys know that I’ve been consistently working out 5-6 days a week since I set that goal for myself in August. Lately I’ve been making meals in advance like my Power Beef Meatballs with Quinoa to help me reach my fitness goals. Carving that time for myself almost every day has been challenging because of balancing work and home life, but it was important to stay on track for me. Often as mothers we tend to take care of our needs last, so I always put gym time last on my to-do-list. That never panned out because my list felt like it was always endless. So I made a promise to myself that I would wake up an hour earlier and go to bed an hour earlier so I can focus more on my health.
One thing I did not want to sacrifice was making healthy balanced meals for my family. Monday-Thursday are my busiest times of the week. I work out, film recipes, answer emails, hold conference calls, tutor, go to soccer practice and help with homework – all on top of everything else thrown at me in between like unexpected doctor’s visits or slime in the carpet. For me to have time and energy to continue my workouts, I had to change my approach on how I prepared some of our meals. I didn’t have time to spend an hour in the kitchen every night for dinner, so I started meal prepping on Sundays. First, I would shop in the morning with a grocery list and a meal plan in mind. Then once I got home I would wash and cut all my vegetables, then lastly, I would prepare oven-friendly meals – like meatballs.
This weekend I mixed a big batch of my quinoa meatballs. I froze half the mixture for next week and cooked the other half. I added some of my pre-cut vegetables and baked it all in the oven. I love recipes that I can bake everything in the oven. My prep was about 20 minutes and I can put it in the oven and walk away. I decided on beef meatballs this week because I’ve started incorporating more strength training in my workouts and I need the extra protein for energy and muscle recovery. The protein in beef helps me maintain lean muscle while still losing weight. On Monday after a long day, it was nice to already have dinner prepared and not have to deal with a lot of dishes. I also make extra for the kids to bring to school. They like it with ketchup so I add a little on top for them, but it is delicious with or without. Because beef is a high-quality protein containing essential amino acids the body needs for energy, I know the girls will have enough fuel for the whole day at school.
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